This is my first quilt…

I may have loved pink, but I lived with red. Cottage red and yellow. 

The date was  January, 1997.  It was the year of Debbie Mumm, brick fabric and the color red.   I took my first quilt class from Laura Nownes.   “Quilts, Quilts, Quilts” by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes was the book.  My copy is FILLED with notes.

Making Notes

Notes that allowed me to make this sampler quilt…

First Quilt

I was obsessed with this quilt.  I loved this craft called quilting and I couldn’t get enough. My first theory  in 1997 was if you made the quilt, you HAD to hand quilt it!  A theory that didn’t last very long.

That’s not binding on the quilt.  It’s the backing basted to the front.  Much of the quilt is still basted together. My first quilt remains unfinished, but at least I can say I tried.  Horrible quilting, but I tried!  Even used the wrong batting, but I still tried.  And the appliqué?  Well, if you messed up a point just take a few extra stitches over it.  Oh my! There’s hope for us all!

Double stitch those points

My second theory in 1997 was houses had to be made out of brick fabric…I would have NEVER considered pink flowers!  I collected all the brick fabric I could find.  Who knew when I’d need another house? Humm… wonder what happened to all that brick fabric? I bet Laura hid it!

The year of Debbie Mumm

Getting better

Now this may surprise you, but I still live with red and still love it.  Our master bedroom is filled with red.   That’s not pink on the bed, but a red & white toile.  My first quilt sits on a shelf in this room.  Folded neatly, waiting for the “quilter” to re-appear. 

Master Bedroom

My most recent quilt, that I can show you is “A Vintage Christmas”.  Pink & Red

A Vintage Christmas email

It goes perfectly in my home at Christmas! 

Dining Room

Feather tree blog

veggie Chelsea

Chelsea loves my last quilt.  She’s a vintage kind of dog and she loves Christmas!  Right Chelsea? (Disappointed in the plastic veggie tray…she wanted silver I’m sure.) Oh, and did I tell you she LIKES my first quilt?  She told me so this morning! Reminds her of the tomatoes on this veggie tray! 

Thanks Camille and Carrie for thinking up this first quilt idea! 



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  • Miss Jean - Wow! You started quilting after I did and look at you now. It just goes to show that some of us are destined to quilt greatness. It does give me ambition to get my little quilting act in gear and do more. I love the pink/red Christmas quilt and all your cute pink lusciousness. Chelsea is just adorable!!

    Continue to be there to inspire us, Anne!!ReplyCancel

  • vickibellino - Unbelievable for your first quilt! You were definitely destined for quilting! What a wonderful journey huh?ReplyCancel

  • piecemealquilts - That's an ambitious first quilt, and for all of the mistakes that you see, the rest of us are just thinking, "Wow! What a quilt!"ReplyCancel

  • Magnolia Bay Quilts - I'm in agreement with Chelsea — I think it's a great quilt! It's really interesting to see your first quilt because it's not your signature style. When did the real you begin to show up in your quilts?

    Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - When I started I thought only authentic quilts were hand quilted. Boy did I learn fast! Great first quilt but stunningly gorgeous recent quilt!!!ReplyCancel

  • quiltmom - Anne,
    Both of your quilts are lovely- and isn't learning to quilt quite the journey.
    I began quilting in 1987 although I had almost a ten year hiatus before I quilted more seriously. My first quilt was a Log Cabin in a Day quilt using Eleanor Burns pattern. It took me over a year to finish it. It was quite the exercise to finish a queen size quilt in my little domestic Kenmore especially as I used a double layer of polyester batt. Sometimes it was more like wrestling a bear. The back has many tucks and folds in it.
    Since that time I have made over 50 bed sized quilts and I have learned many lessons with those quilts. My newest quilt is a simple trip around the world. You can find it on my blog
    I love pink too and have lots of pink in my house.
    Both of your quilts are beautiful -just different.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,

  • Melody - I bought that book and read it from cover to cover but never made the sampler. That was a grand undertaking for a first quilt. Love your work. Can't wait to see what you do next.
    Sew long,

  • Sherri - What a wonderful sampler you began with! I'm so glad we don't have to hand-quilt everything! And your most recent quilt is just stunning! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Tânia - Wonderful!
    Parabéns pelo seu Blog, querida!
    Lindo e útil. Já me beneficiei muito só de ver.
    Quero ser sua amiga virtual e te convido para participar
    da inauguração de meu novo blog e participar:

  • Annelies Dease - I no longer have my first quilt….bad me!!! But I do remember being so SICK of the handsewing of the binding that I never finished the side that was against that wall!!!
    I have that same quilt book and referred to it often as I learned the craft. XXX AnnieReplyCancel

  • Marie Harper - Well, as far as I'm concerned, you've moved in the right direction with soft colors, dancing bunnies, garden birds and happy lambs. Your "new" quilt pattern is on my table just waiting for me to get started.. I love it.

    Thanks Anne,
    Marie (one of the quilt in a day "underground")ReplyCancel

  • rachel griffith - awww.
    look at you with your spiffy red sampler quilt.

    can you imagine if all of us did hand quilt every quilt???
    *talk about a SUPER scarey ufo list*ReplyCancel

  • pat sloan - spiffy!!! i started my second first quilt about the same time!! same book!

    tomorrow is my 'flasher' moment!ReplyCancel

  • dotti white - Anne…thanks for sharing your first quilt! I can tell you really put yourself into it. I am glad that you have relaxed a bit,though, about the quilting and allowing your awesome creativity to shine through! You are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - Anne, your first quilt story is so fun to read about! I have to say your most recent quilt is one of my most favorite ever!! Thanks for sharing the stories.ReplyCancel

  • Agnes - That is so cute, I just love, love, love knowing you never finished your very first quilt. I can just bet (that is, if I was a betting woman) that there are a whole lot of ladies out there in the quilting world that would have the same, very same quilt laying in some safe, secret place in the home also. You are now my hero for sure. LOLReplyCancel

  • Susan - Wow! I think you first quilt is great! That was quite a task to take on as your first quilt. Maybe, there is still hope that you'll finish it one day.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - I cannot believe you didn't start this passion until '97!! You have come a long way, baby. This has all been SO much fun and such a reminder that we have all (including the industry itself) come a long … long way.ReplyCancel

  • Jeni - I just love my first quilt& will never give it away…..
    and wow…. I just love the pink Christmas quilt.. so soft looking like fairy flossReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Hi Anne ~ I think your first quilt is wonderful but never in a million years would I have guessed that it was yours!

    I'm glad you've also done away with some of your early "quilting theories". Your houses are much prettier without the brick fabric. :)

    Thank you for sharing ~ and by the way, I love the pink mixer. It's perfect. What's Chelsea going to make?ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - We all have to start somewhere. And your start is great and so is the last quilt. Thanks for sharing your lovely quilts.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - That is so much fun…the whole first quilt idea. Mine was used until about six months ago. It's pretty worn out already as I'm sure I used the wrong everything! I started quilting in 1995:)ReplyCancel

  • sandyb - Anne, great story and I'm so amazed that you began quilting so recently…
    You're a great talent…and I've also gone from bright to your patterns…
    Thanks for all of your talented work and wonderful sense of humor…

  • suz - Your first quilt was so cheerful, but if I had been asked to match the quilter with the quilt I would never have guessed it was yours!ReplyCancel

  • Prim Rose Hill - OMGoodness! I am in love with your Vintage Christmas quilt! I love any quilting and admire those who do it. One day…One day…

    Sheri~~Prim Rose Hill StudioReplyCancel

  • jaybird - i like the primary colors… its makes me feel like a coloring book…ReplyCancel

  • AnnieO - You and Ricky Tims are a pair—starting off your quilting adventure just the same with a huge sampler. His is more dull in color choice, I can attest to that! That was quite a great deal of work to assign yourself for a "first" project, lol, after that, everything is as easy as pie!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Penner Design - Thanks for sharing your first quilt with us. I have to tell you before I ever started quilting I read, and re-read and tried some of the sampler blocks following their instructions in Quilt, Quilts, Quilts, so I consider Laura and Diana my first quilt teachers too!ReplyCancel

  • darcey - Hi Anne
    My first quilt was a bowtie pattern made with scraps from the dresses I made my daughter when she was little. I still treasure it. Oh, and by the way, Chelsea is not disappointed that the tray isn't silver, she's disappointed that there were no cookies on the tray!…lol…who can blame her.
    Have a good day.

  • Deborah Hays - Oh Anne, how lovely. I can't wait to see what you do next.

    Lots of hugs, DebbieReplyCancel

  • Dunedin Jobs - congratulations to your 1st quilt.. it looks so lovely..ReplyCancel

  • fiberdoodles - Oh my gosh what an incredible first quilt as well as the most recent. I love red also and Chelsea; well she is just too cute!


  • Nicole - Your first quilt does hint at the pro you would become! I used to go to Empty Spools in Alamo in the late 80's. A lot of quilters got inspired there I think.ReplyCancel

  • Jocelynilla - Wowee, that's an ambitious 1st quilt! And looks like Chelsea's getting better eating habits ;)ReplyCancel

  • Just Call Me Lindabee - Love your first sampler quilt. I've made three sampler quilts in the last two years — I just love them. Please finish yours. I'll bet it's really unhappy knowing it's not done!!ReplyCancel

  • Bowlby - Your quilts are gorgeous!ReplyCancel